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'Breakthrough Baby' Awarded Amazon Scholarship for Emerging Tech Talent

When high school senior Mariah Brecheisen picked up her first Lego set, she had no idea that…


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Church Partnership Keeps Family Grounded in Hope

After falling on difficult times, Andre, Karla, and their seven children left their home in Indiana…


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Local Leaders: Celebrating the Stars of East Garfield Park

Throughout Black History Month, we have been highlighting local leaders of East Garfield Park. Join…


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Mother of 5 Receives Help Making New House Feel like Home

Denise, a mother of five, was approved for a housing voucher when she sought Breakthrough. After…


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Breakthrough Christmas Store

For many people, Christmas is a time to spend with family, creating cherished memories and…


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Winter Jamboree Orchestra Concert

The Breakthrough Youth Network paired up with the Chicago Arts and Music Project to host the first…


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Why Leveling Students’ Playing Field Motivates Ciera’s Passion for Education

Growing up, Ciera didn’t have much, but her parents strived to ensure she was exposed to as much as…


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Local Educators' Innovation and Passion Celebrated at Luncheon

Hundreds of teachers, principals, and school administrators packed the FamilyPlex last week in…


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Trunk Party Helps Send 52 Scholars to College

Going off to college is as exciting as it is daunting for some students. While students across the…


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Aspire: Finding Meaning In Your Work

The Breakthrough Young Professionals Board welcomed scores of emerging leaders to the “Aspire:…